Complete Columbia Christmas Recording - (Import CD)
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- Mono / Stereo
- Karla Buhlman (Compilation); Karla Buhlman (Compilation); Cary E. Mansfield (Compilation)
- The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings
Personnel: Gene Autry (vocals, guitar); Cass County Boys, Pinafores.
Liner Note Author: Holly George-Warren.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (08/28/1947-10/17/1956).
Director: Carl Cotner.
Gene Autry recorded an awful lot of Christmas songs, and at least three of them have become beloved and enduring holiday standards. Autry never shied away from novelty pieces, and with his charming, unaffected vocal style and a strong sense of what might be termed "cowboy pop swing," he had both the image and the marketing savvy (he was the first to use record sleeves with pictures on them) to make these marginal and seasonal songs appear essential. And essential they remain, at least at Christmas time. Autry's self-penned "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" was released in 1947 and became a giant hit, and the joyful lilt in its vocal makes it still play well on radio today. Autry's next holiday hit was even bigger. Inspired by a character in a poem written by ad copywriter Robert L. May, Johnny Marks' "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" became Autry's biggest single ever when it was released in 1949, and following Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," is the best selling Christmas song in history. Autry completed this remarkable holiday trilogy with "Frosty the Snow Man," written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson, in 1950. This collection is the best available of Autry's unique Christmas song catalog, with 27 tracks (his complete Columbia output) presented in wonderful sound. Autry's singing career lasted from the 1930s through the mid-'50s, but the trio of Christmas classics listed above means that his voice is still heard regularly on the commercial airways in the 21st century. That alone is an achievement. ~ Steve Leggett
- Country of Origin
- VarŠse Sarabande (USA)
- Universal Distribution
- Gene Autry
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - (1947 Version)
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Old Fashioned Tree, An
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] If It Doesn't Snow on Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] He's a Chubby Little Fellow
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Santa, Satna, Santa
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Frosty the Snowman
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] (Hard Rock, Coco and Joe) The Three Little Dwarfs
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Thirty-Two Feet-Eight Little Tails
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Poppy the Puppy
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] He'll Be Coming Down the Chimney (Like He Always Did Before)
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Night Before Christmas Song, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Look Out the Window
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Merry Texas Christmas, You All!
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Night Before Christmas, The (In Texas, That Is)
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Where Did My Snowman Go?
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Freddie, the Little Fir Tree
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - (1953 Version)
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
- [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Up on the House Top (Ho Ho Ho)
- [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
- [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Sleigh Bells
- [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] Round, Round the Christmas Tree
- [ Disc 01 Track 25 ] Merry Christmas Waltz
- [ Disc 01 Track 26 ] Everyone's a Child at Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 27 ] You Can See Old Santa Claus (When You Find Him in Your Heart)
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
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